Society of Civil Discourse
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Society of Civil Discourse

A co-production of Team Sunshine Performance Corporation and The Philly Pigeon/Jacob Winterstein

The Debate Station is open!


140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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“What’s exciting about the show is seeing people create something out of nothing, like just seeing people get really creative and build off of each other to make a debate, to make an argument…actually being in a civil society” – A real-life Society of Civil Discourse participant

Enjoy debating passionately about inconsequential matters with someone equally obtuse? Is it more important to win than to actually agree with your own argument? Titillated by the irrational spectacle of heated debate?

The Society of Civil Discourse wants YOU to participate in an interactive and fun night of passionately listening to and talking about things that don’t matter.

Participants try their hand at different kinds of soapboxing and debate. Then the most dexterous practitioners of verbal warfare are chosen for The Great Debate, a battle royale of hype, philosophizing, pseudo-intellectualizing, pop psycho-analyzing, and misplaced righteous bravura with zero regard to truth and dignity—all to the delight of a fevered audience.


$20 general/$14 member
$15 student and 25-and-under

FringeArts Theater

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Photos: Jen Cleary